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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

G R Goslin

Ah, Netscape Navigator! I knew it well, Horatio

And Mosaic, before it. It was my first foray into the 'net, with Demons ten quid a month dial-up. There wasn't a lot to see, in those days. But, by 'eck it were nice.

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

G R Goslin

A loss of style and functionality

One of the things that draws me to Linux, and to Unix before that, was it's elegance and versatility. To a large extent to its sensible total separation of the user and machine functions, in contrast with MS, where everything is lumped together in a disorderly mish mash. Again, one of it's best features was it's ability to read and write to any other filing system. The way MS gained a lot of its supremacy was to totally ignore everyone else and insist you use their stuff. As with word processors. When they got sorted out most would read and write in others formats. Not MS. Use ours or go away. Having got the edge, they could lever out all the rest. I recently bought an Android device and was horrified to note that they seem to have dropped the elegance and reverted to the mish mash system. No doubt some will say otherwise, but that's how it looks to me

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Steve Jobs makes world a better place FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

G R Goslin

Blilliance

You have to admire the brilliance of a man that while dead can contribute to the design of a phone that adjusts itself to the shape of your pocket. Well worth a patent application, I'd say. Mind you, I have a handkerchief that does that. Prior art, perhaps.

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

G R Goslin

It's not going to work.

Buyers are like busses. There's always another one coming along, later. Next time you see the seller, it'll be a different 'phone.

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

G R Goslin

Incompatability

There isn't really anywhere on the human body where a flat slab like an iPhone can be accomodated. Certainly not around the hips area. We should take a leaf out of James Bond's book and wear shoulder holsters. Tucked under the arm is about the safest place to be against being bernt and bashed against things. Just the place for a quick draw. In the wrong company, however, it might get you shot.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

G R Goslin

Re: "Rarity" is not the point

I don't think it's the kind of problem they can solve with a recall. The problem is with the basic design and choice of materials. Only a start again from scratch will solve this one. Unless of course, they issue everyone with the sort of vinyl covered steel snap case that they used to hold reading glasses.

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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All been done before

Not in reality, perhaps, but Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth wrote a book, in 1955, called Gladiator at Law, which exactly spelled out the process of Sub Prime mortgages., and the subsequent collapse of the economy, to the point of bread and circuses. So fifty, odd, years on we are nowhere towards a 'fix'

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

G R Goslin

Re: As a motorbike rider...

As a VERY long term motorcycle rider, I can't think of almost any device which could more PROMOTE accidents than this, which adds unwanted distractions to something which needs 110% attention, at all times.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Another option

I live at the not excessive height of 1000 feet above sea level, and my water does not boils at 100C, but about a degree and a half below. So A kettle set at 100C would never stop boiling. Having said that, I make my tea in a filter coffee maker, and it makes a grand cup of tea. The boiling water, and it is boiling, sets up a standing pool in the filter, before percalating through. The filter (the mesh type) is fine enough to filter out all the dust, which modern loose tea seems to be infested with, To leave a lovely clear brew, which does not change with standing. The keep hot function will keep it at drinking temperature for about an hour. I did once complain to the tea company about the amount of dust in the tea. Something that was once filtered out at source, and made into tea bricks for those who appreciate such. I was fed the usual rubbish, and eventually gave up. Try the coffe maker route and I'm sure you'll be impressed.

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

G R Goslin

???????

It's not April the first, is it? I thought the "talk to each other" idea went out with CB radio

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

G R Goslin

Strictly

Strictly speaking, there ought to be three tongues in the plug. A central one a quarter of the slot width thick, with contacts on both sides, and two outer ones also a quarter of the slot width thick, which are capable of sliding back. On insertion, the tongue in the socket pushes one of the outer tongues back, while the other supports the centre tongue so that it doesn't bend down like a diving board. Complicated.

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

G R Goslin

I'm interested in.....

How you're going to get the van up to 30,000 metres. A long take off, perhaps and one of those jump jet ramps?

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Tesla and Panasonic to build NOT-SO-SECRET GigaFactory in US

G R Goslin

Rather a reversal of roles

Rather an odd choice. It's the usual business practice to develop where the skills are and to produce where the labour costs are lowest, then sell where the price is highest. Isn't this situation somehow against the laws of Thermodynamics? Perhaps the magic word 'subsidies' and the other magic word, 'tax holidays' might have something to do with the decision.

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NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb

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Random number

Since a truly random number generator seems to be at the bottom of the problem, why has someone not used the most widespread random event of radioactivity to provide the input. You do not even need a radioactive source. natural radioactivity is enough. A narrow angle detector detects events, a timer ascertains the interval between events and creates a number determined by the interval. You can go on for as long as you like to creates a multi digit number which is truly random.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

G R Goslin

Re: They are doing it again

There's an old saying, which is probably not that old, that the intelligence of a committee is the intelligence of it's dimmest member, and since MS is prone to design by committee, you get this result.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

G R Goslin

So

So Apple have re-invented the milk bottle, the coke bottle and whatever else. So much for prior art.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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It cpould be

Except for the fact that it's quoted in percentage terms. I'd incline to attribute it to the fact that anyone with any intelligence leaves the set switched off because of the paucity of any programmes worth switching it on for. Perhaps it's the witless lot that are more tolerant of swearing, etc.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

G R Goslin

Why the 'Donnot bin' symbol

If the things cannot be broken down into component parts for re-cycling, why the large 'Do not bin' sybol on the back?

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How Microsoft's cloud aims to cover the world

G R Goslin

A cloudy day in London Town

Does this mean that we're all going to be permanently in the dark?

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

G R Goslin

Re: Pivot point...

A couple of points. The canard will not return to a neutral point if a link snaps. It will move to a point of least drag, relative to the direction the rest of the aircaft is travelling. Of course the two will vey quickly be the same as the craft goes into a vertical dive. The second point relates to the wing bushes. They are far too short. Length over diameter is the rule for shaft bearings. Or you could have fitted three bushes. One in the centre of the craft and common to both canards and one adjacent to each wing root. If these two bushes were internally threaded , to fit the threaded shaft, the end location of the wing would have been achieved without binding or looseness.You simply arrange that at the maximum deflection of the wing, there is still an air gap between it and the fuselage. The small increase in air gap at the other extreme is insignificant. So no rubbing of the wing against the fuselage. Even under stress

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

G R Goslin

Re: It's all a matter of perspective

A theory is method of predicting a reult fro a set of parameters, such that the result is ALWAYS correct, under all circumstances. If the result is not ALWAYS correct, then the theory is WRONG. If the theory is ALWAYS shown to be correct, it may be elevated to a Law. i.e, the Laws of Gravity, The Law of Conservation of Energy, the Inverse Square law, etc..

As to a theory in science being more robust than an inspired guess. If you remove the ;science' then you remove the 'inspired'. It becomes a mere guess, and has no validity.

If we take the plethora of climate models, as an example, they are ALL wrong, since they do not predict an actual result, even allowing for measurement and parameter errors. Using the Pythagorian Theorum you can predict the length of the hypotenuse of a right angled triangle, from the length of the other two sides. As anyone who used the early digital computers (eg Sinclair), you did not always get the result as predicted, but that di not invalidate the Theorum, but it has still to be accepted as a Law, despite a very elegant 'proof'.

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G R Goslin

It's all a matter of perspective

Before you start thinking of caverns measureless to man. Let us put it all into perspective. The oceans have an average depth of about 5Km, and cover about two thirds of the surface. If we reduced the size of the Earth to that of a football, the oceans would be about twice the thickness of a human hair deep Three times that much would only increase that to four times the thickness of a hair (taking into account that the oceans do not cover the whole surface).

Added to that is the fact that we know almost nothing about the gross physica properties of water and rock at such temperatures and pressures. I have seen cubes of Galena (lead sulphide) grown entirely in solid limstone. And that formed at a depth of only a few miles

You have to remember that the theories of the scientific communities are almost always wrong. Sad but true (Just count them up), so these theories are just that. Inspired guesses.

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

G R Goslin

An old saying

That you can fool all the people, some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time. All you need, in the American sense is to have the second category over fifty percent of the population. As seems to be the case. The third option, that you cannot fool all the people all the time, becomes less likely as time goes by.

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Windows 8 leaker gets three months, booted back to Russia

G R Goslin

Re @skelband

Sadly, the Laws of the Land are what the goverment says they are. Not what, logically, they should be. I could quote you beeelions of examples.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

G R Goslin

Shame

It looks a nice piece of kit Shame about the MS operating system. If I ask nicely, do you think they'd put a proper OS on the thing?

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

G R Goslin

Re: Psion 5

I disagree. I feel that the Psion PDA family peaked at the 3mx (and not the rubber covered one!). The 5 had a number of significant problems. The structure was weak and easily broken and the battery life was pants compared to that of the 3 series. For versatility, give me the 3. Iknow from where I speak. I introduced the psion into the company I worked for, and arranged the purchase of all the Psion's that came into it. One persistent complaint was that people went on holiday. When they came back, both batteries were flat and all data gone. But only with the 5

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

G R Goslin

The obvious snag

The obvious snag here, of just doing what you're best at, is that, yes, the costs do fall and profits rise. But ulimately someone who has spent the money comes along and takes the whole market. It happened with NCR (Natrional Cash Register) they stayed with mechanical systems, which they had developed to perfection. When along came the digital age and they had no experience or expertise. Straight down the plughole.

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Spain clamps down on drones

G R Goslin

Nothing new here.

There used to be a saying, in Poland, I believe, which went. "In America everything is permitted except that which is forbidden. In Poland, everthing is forbidden except that which is permitted." It's just another country jumping on the bandwagon of State control, .

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Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

G R Goslin

Portent?

Is it a portent that the link to the "closed Beta" brings up the following ?

Firefox can't find the server at www.streem.com%e2%80%9d.

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

G R Goslin

Nearly as comfortable

It rather sounds a tad more comfortable than doing the same trip tourist class on the worlds airlines. At least you son't have to queue for the loo.

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three times as light as

Three times as light as? Can you actually say that?

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

G R Goslin

You really should maintain this article

You reall should maintain this article. I can see it going on for infinity. As someone who has spent the last few days on a menu sage (which was at my expense), in trying to get a question through to both my mobile phone supplier, AND the landline phone company, I can sympathise and agree with every single post.

And that doesn't include the absolute pointlessness of posting on the companies forums.

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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

G R Goslin

Complaints about complaints

I chucked Voda, last year, after a four month argument with them about their handling of complaints about, you've guessed it, Customer Service. When I finally gave up, I hadn't had a single reply to several letters, or for any sensible answers to a whole sheaf of emails.

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Surf's up near Saturn as boffins spot waves on Titan

G R Goslin

Announcing the bleeding obvious

And does Titan also have bears in the woods?

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

G R Goslin

Perhaps

Perhaps one of these clerics has pointed out the REAL problem with living on Mars. How do you know which direction Mecca is. A degree or two wrong at that range could be crucial. And it's always changing. A REALLY important problem.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

G R Goslin

Re: Yikes, you've stumbled into...

I think Alistair will find the safe is for the typewriter ribbon I notice is conspicuously absent in the photo. Perhaps Alistair has lighted on a subsidiary of GCHQ. I'd suggest he leave the country at once, but don't tell anyone where you're going.

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Vodafone's Euro revenues slump by nearly TEN PER CENT

G R Goslin

Speaking for myself....

....as an ex-Vodafone customer. It couldn't have happened to a nicer Company.

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UK.gov dangles £10m sweetener over bumpkin broadband hopefuls

G R Goslin

If

If the Chancellor is going to "fix the roof while the sun is shining", someone ought to tell him that the Government has sold the hammer and nails, as well as the ladder.

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

G R Goslin

Surely, you're joking Mr Asus?

32Gb of storage space! You can't be serious!. By the time you's put on a proper (Linux) OS, you'll have a machine with operating systems and no storage for much more than a couple of .avi files. With that you don't really need all that battery capacity. I've an Asus 1225, which replaces my lovely 1008HA, sadly running out of battery capacity, which has 100Gb allocated to Win7 and 167Gb allocated to Linux (Mageia). Manners might maketh man, but storage space makes a useable PC. And the 1225 only cost me £219. 32Gb, don't make me laugh.

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We go joyriding in the Google Maps-killer's ROBO-CAR

G R Goslin

Legal?

Is it actually legal to have all that kit supervised by the guy who is supposed to have all his attention concentrated on the road? Particularly since the hardware is parked in the passengers seat. If I see a 'Here' car, I'll make sure that there's a large tree 'twixt he and me.

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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

G R Goslin

Preserve?

You can't "preserve" Pu238. It decays. You use it or you lose it. Unless they have an alternative use for it, cancelling the project makes no sense. Particularly in the reason given for the cancellation. The stuff works by harnessing the decay heat. All they've come up with is a more efficient way of using it. And even then, you throw away most of the heat.

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Android mobes outsell iPhones, but Apple gets MORE PROFIT THAN ALL

G R Goslin

Junk business

No, they're not in the junk business, but they're not in the value for money business either What they are in is the hype led "All the trade will bear" business

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

G R Goslin

Re: Maybe what's needed is

My vehicles already seem to be equipped with such a device. It's called a fuel tankk. Depending on the vehicle, I fill them with petrol or diesel. It's quick, clean and convenient, and I can get the fuel almost everywhere. Dents and dings hardly seem to bother them.

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Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

G R Goslin

So?

So you have your p[inter and you have the plastic, or whatever. Now, where do you find the date input? All printers need data, and it certainly doesn't come with the manual You'll be lucky to get a diagramatic outline, in perspective. Or do you just ring the manufacturer and ask nicely for the CAD files of the part you want to print. I have a well equipped workshop, but would need to spend an age of time with measuring tools before I could come up with a working drawing detailed enough to make something that works.

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VCs take a nasty cold bath on Drobo deal, leave Barrall 'delighted'

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And on the plus side

I bought my first Drobo, some years ago. Yes it was a bit pricy. But, The design was superb, the appearance wa superb.the concept was superb, the build was superb. And not least, the packaging was out-of-this-world. I've never regretted it. I bought the Drobo Share to get the thing nework wide and added a second unit. It's gone though the years, taking two disc drive failures in it's stride with not a loss of a byte of data. I've now semi retired it and bought the Drobo FS, which looks as if it's going to follow in it's predecessors footsteps. Innovation at Data Robotics did seem to cease when Barrall left. Perhaps his return will once more light the spark

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Jack Vance: Science fiction’s master of magic, mischief and sex

G R Goslin

Saddened

I'm saddened by Jack Vance's going. The world is diminished by his disappearance from the literary world. One of my favourite authors. I don't think I could count the number of times I'e re-read his Demon Princes Series.

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

G R Goslin

But,

But what will that do to house prices?

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PC market facing worst-ever slump in 2013

G R Goslin

I'm doing my best

I've just bought a new machine. Not that my old one is worn out, or obsolete.The machine will replace one of Asus's netbooks. An EeePC 1008HA, arguably the prettiest thing they ever brought out. I've only bought the new one, an Asus 1225B because Asus say that they're no longer going to make the netbook model, and It was about the very last opportunity to buy a machine which DID NOT have Windows 8 on it. Not that I use the windows bit much, since I'm a long time Linux user. But Win is useful for the odd application where Linux doesn't have the equivalent. So, next year may be a poor year too, with Win 8 the only alternative. Has wnyone a good word for Win 8. I certainly have not heard one.

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Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period

G R Goslin

Re: The battery is only one part of the problem

True enough. But an awful lot of car on the road are permanently on the road. Their owners don't even have the facility to park on their own property. So all street parking is out of the question. Too, an average fill of petrol, say 40 litres, works out at 360KWh. re-charging that, at home, over a period of 10 hours would require an power outlet giving 36 KW. Twelve time the maximum allowed on your average ring main. If your light dim when the fridge kicks in. Think what 36KW will do

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The battery is only one part of the problem

And a minor part at that.The REAL problem is charging the things in the time scale of a petrol/diesel tank re-charge. And that's never going to happen. Hydrocarbon fuel is so energy packed the the "re-charging" rate can be considered to be in the range of megawatts. It'd certainly put quite a dent in the local power supply to do the same with an electrical re-charge.

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